We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum in Reception and the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6).
Our curriculum is structured in all years through a ‘creative curriculum’ or ‘topic-based’ approach. This means that we select a main topic and teach all subjects in the context of that topic.
We aim to select topics based upon the enthusiasms and interests of the children themselves and consult with the children to develop our curriculum. Topics change every half term, except in Foundation class where they change more frequently to follow the needs and interests of individual children or groups.
For example, in Year 6 many of the pupils were interested in Japanese ‘Manga’ style art.
We used this enthusiasm to develop a ‘Japan’ topic, using books with Japanese characters such as ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo and films such as Howl’s Moving Castle as stimulus for Literacy work. Artwork was inspired by the illustrations from the texts and the Japanese clothing at a Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit we visited. We studied the history and geography of Japan, with a special focus on volcanoes. All the planned learning was taken from the National Curriculum programmes of study.
Throughout our curriculum, we focus on preparing our children for life in modern Britain and encourage an appreciation of its virtues. See our page on Fundamental British Values for more info.
Sample overviews and topics for Years 1-6 are listed below.
Click on a link for more information on our exciting child-led curriculum.
Year 1 Overview
World War 2
(Welsh Residential trip)
Every half term (5-7 weeks) teachers send parents a ‘topic map’ (click here for an example) and a letter detailing the planned learning for the topic, so that they can support their child’s learning at home. Further sample topic maps can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted topic links above.